Just like in
Mr. da Silva has further heightened class tensions by arguing that corruption cases in his government are being blown out of proportion because of his humble background. "There is a reason I'm being persecuted," Mr. da Silva said last week. "It's a matter of skin, of social origin." He rails against "a small minority that has leeched from the country for 500 years."
What’s also interesting is that there is a geographical split in the country. Just like the good old days in
Mr. da Silva is the overwhelming favorite of voters in the sprawling, arid Northeast, where he himself was born and people tend to be poorer, less educated and darker-skinned than those in the South. The South, which encompasses
's most modern and glamorous cities and its media centers, has been considerably cooler to Mr. da Silva. Brazil
Perhaps the best bit of information this article provided was this:
College-educated Brazilians, like the students in
who recently dressed up as clowns to satirize Mr. da Silva, often look down on a president who quit school after the fourth grade. But the vast majority of Brazilians with only a basic education embrace him. São Paulo
This proves two things:
1. All over the world, the uneducated vote for liberals. In other words, this is not an American phenomenon.
2. No matter what you think about President Bush, there are other world leaders dumber than him.Stumble It!